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Preventing frozen pipes in winter

Winter months are on the way and with them come a whole host of problems for your home and heating. Frozen pipes in winter are aggravating but avoidable.

Taking preventative measures early on will stop your pipes from freezing and save you the hassle of burst pipes and heating breakdowns in the coldest months.

Pipes below the house are the most exposed to cold temperatures and more prone to bursting.  By insulating these pipes you will go a long way to preventing freezing. Insulation can be obtained from a DIY store but if you are unsure of what to buy or how to apply it then a professional plumber will be able to help.

The cost of insulating pipes will be minimal compared to the cost of having to replace or repair pipes that have burst due to freezing.

A common mistake made during winter is to turn your heating off when going away for just a few days. It is actually more prudent to leave the heating on but at a very low temperature. The low heat will not be enough to heat the house or waste much energy but it will mean that pipes stay warm enough to prevent freezing and subsequently bursting. Even setting your boiler timer to come on for just an hour each day will avoid freezing.

It is important to note also that if you spot a leaking pipe that you get it fixed as soon as possible, before the situation worsens. Leaks occur when a pipe is put under pressure and signals that it is about to burst. A disposable diaper or a towel and wrap can be put around a leak but this will only hold for an hour, a professional plumber will need to fix the leak properly.

Being aware of the issues of the possibility of frozen pipes and taking measures in advance will ensure your heating and hot water works efficiently when it is needed most.

Speak to a qualified plumber if you are concerned about frozen pipes or have suffered in the past.